(Compiled with the assistance of Chicago State University prelaw students)
- Dress professionally or at least neatly. Be polite. Be friendly. Act like the kind
of person you would want in your law school.
- Don't limit yourself only to the schools you KNOW you're interested in. Keep an open
mind. You never know who might be interested in your credentials. Frequently, you
can get a better "deal" from an out-of-state school.
- Just ask the representatives the questions that are most important to you--you can
look up some of this information later if necessary.
- What is the annual tuition? About how much do students usually spend on books? On
- How much debt do law students from your school usually incur?
- Are there any scholarships available? Are they based on merit or need? What are
the qualifications? Are applicants automatically considered for all scholarships or
is a separate application required?
- What percentage of your students receive scholarship assistance?
- Do you waive application fees for low income and/or minority applicants?
- How soon should I apply?
- What is the average GPA/LSAT of students you admit?
- What other factors do you consider important in the admissions process?
- How does your school make admission decisions? How do you weight the LSAT, GPA and
- What do you look for in a prospective law student?
- If a student takes the LSAT more than once, do you average them or take the highest
(or lowest). What do you look for in a personal statementa?
- What should applicants avoid when writing their personal statements?
- Should I enclose a resume?
- Who should I ask for letters of recommendation? How many letters do you require.
- Will it help/hurt my application if I use the new LSAC Recommendation Referral System?
- When will you be having an open house? Can I make arrangements to sit in on a class?
- Do you have part-time or evening programs?
- Are students allowed to work while attending law school?
- Do many of your students obtain law-related jobs in the summers?
- How does your externship program work?
- Do you accept transfer students? Approximately how many per year?
- What types of special programs does your school have? Do you have dual degree programs?
- What kinds of honor societies you have? How do students get on the law review?
- Do you have an accelerated program so students can graduate in less than three years?
- Do you have any programs abroad or exchange programs with other law schools?
- How large are your classes?
- How strong is your writing curriculum?
- What kind of orientation do you have for first year students?
- Do you have tutors who work with students to improve their legal writing skills?
- What is your bar passage rate? Do you sponsor programs to help study for the bar exam?
- Are there any students I can contact about the social/intellectual climate at your
- How "cut-throat" or competitive is your student body? How accessible are the professors?
- What kind of computer facilities do you have? Are there hook-ups in the classrooms
- What is your placement rate? About how long does it take your students to get a job?
- What percentage of your students have full time legal jobs within a year of graduation?
- What is their average income the first year after graduation?
- Where do most of them work? (e.g., what states? public or private sector?) What kinds
of jobs do they get?
- What percentage of your students are African Americans (and/or Latinos, Asians, Native
- Do you have any special programs to support minority students?
- What percentage of full-time minority faculty members work at your institution?
- What is the attrition rate for minority students at your school?
- What minority student organizations are active at your school?
- What kinds of activities do they support?
- Do you have any mentoring programs for incoming students?
- Are there any majors you consider more (or less) impressive?
- What kinds of courses should I take to prepare me for law school?
- Do you have a list of recommended readings for entering law students?